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Comment WTF FBI, LOL? (Score 2) 106

Parent has a good point. For one, the FBI technically doesn't have the right to authorize breaking the law. Isn't that the right of a federal prosecutor or the DoJ? The FBI, for all their fancy suits and cool sunglasses are just basically cops. A cop could ignore someone breaking the law, but they aren't really supposed to. The DA looks at the evidence collected by the police and decides if there are grounds for charges. (Actually it is probably more along the lines of if they are likely to succeed in getting a successful sentience or if they will get yelled at for not at least trying to charge someone for a high profile crime.) That is why a prosecutor offers a deal or plea bargain to witnesses for cooperation, and not the arresting officer.

As I understand it, if the FBI is just looking the other way, they are very out of line. If they are running this by a federal prosecuter and/or a judge that is providing assistance and oversight, then this is probably a legit practice. Perhaps not very moral or prudent, though.

/. readers who are lawyers cops, & prosecutors reading this, please jump in and correct my erroneous assumptions now...

Comment Fearless leedur on manbanging (Score 1) 162

"fat twink" is an oxymoron. If you're fat you can't be a twink.

YOu at beiung shutting up now! FAERLESS LEADUR CAN DOANYTHING! He want be fat twink, he be bestest fat twink workd HAS ever seen! You Donalds Trump is not half fat twink Faerless leadur can ever be! KiM will wrestle him to mud, like fat greasy fat twink he is!

you american no tell us what faerlus leedur can do, that why world so hate on you. We all be fat twinks just to show you what powerful NK peoples can do. We show you, but good! Fat twinkes we all be! Fuck on you!

Comment Whining about what, exactly? (Score 4, Insightful) 400

There a lot of complaints in this thread about this new *feature*, but hasn't the horse already escaped the barn? If you are using Windows, you are trusting them to do the right thing with your OS when you install it. How is this rolled up set of patches really going to change things? Either you trust them to do things right, or you go download *nix.

Comment Re:The way I would handle any important system (Score 1) 400

I will apply all the patches that the vendor supplies in an automated way where possible and where not, as soon as is practical. While it is true that a vendor could screw up a patch, it is also true that my hard drive could die, malware could get on my system, an other hardware or software problem could corrupt my data, or I could just screw up and delete data myself.

To protect myself from any of these occurrences, I keep regular backups. I take these backups at a frequency similar to the amount of data I am willing to lose in the event of any failure (including "evil" actions on behalf of my OS vendor.) For me the frequency of backups is generally daily.

Note that I use the term OS vendor instead of Microsoft here, this because I run several computers with several operating systems (Microsoft, Linux(s), others) and I have had them all screw up a patch.

Since I have chosen not to write or personally review the source code for all the software I use (because I don't have that kind of time), I choose to outsource that work to several vendors, one of which is Microsoft. Yes, there are risks to running software from Microsoft (or any other vendor), Microsoft may not have my best interests in mind. However their software meets my needs and I have made the calculation that the value the software provides outweighs the risks.

AMEN Nkwe!

Security only for servers, with one or two full rollups per year (in low demand periods, with full en-garde vendor support).

And full rollups monthly for desktops, but in waves, over one or two weeks, starting with less critical groups, and moving onwards in the criticality (Or, artenatively, with canaries in each and every group, and moving onwards to the rest of the respective teams).

And all this backed up (pun intended) with full backups (Baremetal recovery ones right before 'em patches)

Comment Amazon: DO NOT WANT (Score 2) 110

As a senior multi-language full stack dev, I have talked to Amazon before. The reason I laugh and hang up on their recruiters that cold call me is because they are dicks, not because the money is bad, or even the hours being uneven. They have a lot of people, like MS did 15 years back, who are convinced that because they work for a company that is currently doing well, that they are 'the shit' and anyone else is garbage. They earned the nickname 'Am-holes' for a reason.

Rather than trying to fire off the bottom 20% of the company's performers each year, perhaps they should be trying to fire off the 20% that are anti-social, abusive, or poor team players.

Comment We are headed for trouble (Score 1) 366

Yes, innovation is good for society at large. No, most people who read /. probably don't feel to bad when an established business is upset by a disruptive new company. Yes, change is good in the economy, as it keeps companies innovating. No it isn't good that a lot of people are going to lose their jobs.

But, this is particularly disturbing because driving a taxi is a hard problem to automate, and if this can be done, then it puts a timer on a lot of manual labor that people at the bottom of the financial ladder depend on to get by. Society in its current form cannot survive with 50% of the population perpetually impoverished and unemployed. There is a saying that a country is only ever meals away from revolution, and either we need to become a lot more generous with social entitlements, or cities will burn, and it will be France 1793 all over again.

The only real question is when? Based on social and technological change, I am guessing in no less that 20 years, but no more than 50 years.

Comment Remember, S stands for Security..... (Score 1) 272

Imagine if the researchers of the Manhattan project not only discovered how to create a nuclear bomb, but also discovered a defense against nuclear weapons.

Nonono. Its far worse than that. Imagine the government build a nuclear weapon, and then let someone walk off with it. Individual exploits come and go, this is letting someone walk off with a MIRV ICBM. And now they are trying to sell it. On the Internet.

To the NSA: Dear god, you fuckups. Please call your friend over at the CIA who does wet work and black ops, and put these people who walked off with your software and put them into the ground before it gets sold to China or Russia. And then, have a review meeting with your people about the 'S' part of NSA.

Comment People have ethics, companies do not (Score 2) 120

You have it half right. Apple is corporation, which are sociopathic entities that essentially 'feed' on money. You give them more money, they grow. You cut their money, they die. People within them can influence their behavior, but only in the short term, since a company often has much going on than one person can ever track and influence, and can easily outlive a single person.

Tim Cook could 'be your friend' and it sounds like he is at least a somewhat ethical person. But even he doesn't have complete control over Apple's behavior. If he makes just one bad call, the board will kick him to the curb, so everything he does is certainly influenced how the board and stockholders feel. But similarly, even if he wanted to make Apple products non-repairable and filled with the blood of orphans and nuns, he doesn't have complete power to do so. So ascribing the things you mentioned to him, probably isn't completely accurate.

Comment The awards goes to.... (Score 1) 45

"The academy would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the researchers at UCB and U of M for their innovative work with crypto currencies and security. In addition to the usual financial grants that the academy bestows upon recipients, we will be awarding several punches in the junk to the researchers involved for taking a good idea and being total tools. Good work gentlemen, and fuck you."

Comment Corporations are people, can we lock em up? (Score 1) 534

Interesting observation, moreover, if they attempt to go around ab blocking software wouldn't they be guilty of breaking federal computer crime statues? I believe the wording is to the effect that you aren't allowed to view, alter or erase data on a system without permission.

Serving ads to a user might fall under the normal TOS, but attempting to bypass an ad blocker against the user's wishes would seem to meet these criteria. I am not saying that they are breaking federal law by doing this though, just opening the possibility for what would be a really interesting lawsuit to watch. Do corporations have a right to deliver content contrary to a user's wishes as part of a service? Is a furnace repair man allowed to break into my house for a monthly service?

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